The UCSC Recycling Program started on campus in 1990 and has since evolved to include a variety of reuse, recycling, and composting systems to save energy, natural resources, and reduce landfill waste. Campus Dining Services, apartments, and gardens have been increasing their support of compost systems. Electronic waste on campus has been reduced by reselling up to 80% of the computers, audio-visual equipment, and other electronics when upgrades occur. Green waste is chipped and reused on landscapes or hauled separately to the regional recycling facility to be ground into mulch. Campus-wide zero waste events are becoming more prevalent due to the collaboration between many Zero Waste programs such as the Student Environmental Center’s Waste Prevention Campaign, the Sustainability Office Zero Waste Team, the Waste Diversion Task Force, as well as considerable efforts from Dining Services.
Vision: Help to make all events Zero Waste
Vision: Create composting programs in all of the dorms
The Student Environmental Center’s Waste Prevention Campaign:
Waste and Recycling Working Group:
Sustainability Office Zero Waste Team:
The Sustainability Office’s Zero Waste Team has created many pilot programs such as waste audits and composting feasibility studies. The team also helps organizations make their events Zero Waste by providing appropriate waste receptacles.
The Stevenson Hand Towel Pilot Project successfully removed paper towels from all dorms on campus, encouraging students to bring their own hand towels and reduce paper waste.
In 2013 we diverted over 7.5 tons of waste during the Zero Waste Move Out, an event that is organized with the goal of collecting and donating all waste from students who are leaving the dorms.
The Student Environmental Center piloted a reusable set of bamboo dishware called “Slugware,” based off of the UC Davis model, to be checked out and used for events and then washed in the dining hall before being returned.
Campus Sustainability Plan
By 2020, develop and implement campus-wide education, outreach and behavioral change initiatives to improve waste reduction practices among UCSC community members.
By 2020, identify and pursue opportunities for operational infrastructure improvements that will increase waste diversion.